Are you ready? The 11+ Countdown: 2 months to go

With the half term so close (and a lucky few already on their holidays), it’s a great time to think about those other resources that might benefit your child. We all have stacks of revision guides littering up desks and half completed books of ‘practice tests’ lying around, but what else might be helpful and how can we avoid making these resources feel too much like extra work?

 

I am a BIG believer in the power of films, audiobooks and magazines. Firstly, because using them feels a lot less like work. Secondly, because we use ALL of our senses to learn. The bright pictures in magazines, and the way in which key information is summarised and made obvious is extremely helpful. Many people also learn better through sound than by looking at words on a page: films and audiobooks are great for these learners. Lastly, and certainly not least, these resources are great for encouraging children to attempt texts that they might not otherwise attempt (think non-fiction and Victorian writing).

 

So, with all of that in mind, these are my top picks for the half term- enjoy!

 

Magazines:

 

The Week Junior Magazine: https://theweekjunior.co.uk/

 

Best for: Children who want to keep up-to-date with current affairs and those preparing for school interviews.

 

Films:

 

Jane Eyre: (this is available for £2.49 on YouTube films) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_vzaj7Fq-0

 

Best for: Children preparing for 11+ comprehension assessments.

 

TV Series:

 

Great Expectations:

(originally on the BBC and available for £5.99 on Amazon) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Expectations-DVD-Ray-Winstone/dp/B006H3Q7LA

 

Best for: Children preparing for 11+ comprehension assessments (this is MUCH more accessible than reading the whole novel).

 

Websites:

 

SparkNotes: http://www.sparknotes.com/

 

Best for: Children attempting to read complex literature ahead of the 11+ exams. Much loved by GCSE students, this website is EXTREMELY helpful for advanced 11+ preparation.

 

The Brain Scoop: (on YouTube- WARNING highly educational but does contain some content on animal dissection) https://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop

 

Best for: Children interested in science, who want to show-off some up-to-date scientific information in their school interviews

 

Newsround: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

 

Best for: Keeping children up-to-date with current affairs, in straightforward language.

 

Audiobooks:

 

A Christmas Carol:

(Amazon, £12.08) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Carol-Charles-Dickens/dp/0743563794/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508161217&sr=1-1&keywords=a+christmas+carol+audiobook

 

Best for: Children preparing for 11+ English exams (great comprehension preparation and some superb ideas for ‘spooky’ writing with a twist).

 

Kidnapped:

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Classics/Kidnapped-Audiobook/B01BX5GN0G/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1508161900&sr=1-2

 

Best for: Children who like adventure literature but need more of a challenge.

 

There are LOADS of other great websites, audiobooks and magazines out there. If you have any suggestions, don’t hesitate to mention them in the comments section (and let me know how you get on).

 

Enjoy the half-term everyone!

Aisha x